Black Market 2021

The Black Market ran from March 3rd 16:00 UTC to March 11th 12:00 UTC

This was my first Black Market event and I was looking forward to it. I reported on each deal as soon as it was available, as well as leaks and speculative deals leading up to the event.

There were three types of deals:

  1. Sale – A straight up sale. You would see the tank on the hour, and be able to purchase it at five minutes past the hour. These sold out in seconds.
  2. Closed Auction – A regular auction.
  3. Open Auction – An auction were the median bid is displayed (as a competitive bid), as well as the number of bidders.

A day or so prior to the first deal, images of tanks were found in the game files:

It was quickly determined if there were gold lights behind the tanks in the images, it would be an open auctionsilver lights for a closed auction, and no lights for a straight up sale. This was accurate for all deals, except the IS-2.

There were more leaked tanks than there were black market deals, so some tanks were not included, but every other tank was accurate from the leak. The tanks that weren’t included as deals were:

  • VIII Somua SM,
  • VIII M54 Renegade,
  • VIII IS-3A,
  • VI Cromwell B, and
  • VI Bretagne Panther

And the Black Market deals were:

DateTimeItemTypePriceAvailableSale PriceComp. Bid# of Bids
3rd16:00TL-1 LPC
Closed Auction3,000,000
4th04:00M10 RBFM
Open Auction300
4th16:00Turtle Mk. 1
5th04:00E 50 Ausf. M 3D Style
Closed Auction255
5th16:00WZ-111 Qilin
Closed Auction15,000,000
6th04:00Škoda T 27
Open Auction5,600
7th04:00Aufklärungspanzer Panther
Open Auction3,000,000
13,000~8,000,000 33,500+
7th16:00T-22 Medium
Closed Auction1,000,000
8th04:0050TP prototyp
Closed Auction5,000
8th16:00AMX 50 Foch (155)
Closed Auction1,000,000
9th16:00Progetto M35 mod. 46
Closed Auction7,600
10th04:00No sale: Game Patch
11th10:00Loot Box

I was holding out for the Progetto and only had about 30,000,000 to play with, and about five Tier X’s unlocked and ready to buy, so decided not to impulse-buy the credit tanks. I did, however, put a 15,000,000 bid on the X T-22 Medium, but that wasn’t even half of what it went for! I bought:

V M10RBFM for 300,
X E 50 Ausf. M 3D Style for 290,
VIII Skoda T 27 for 8,000,
VIII Progetto M35 mod 46. for (too much), and
III Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J. for 5,000 (from the loot box).

The Loot Box

The final event was a loot box. It cost 5,000 to unlock the ‘garage‘ and you will have a tank delivered. You could re-roll the tank for 900,000, again for 1,100,000, again for 1,400,000 and again for 2,000,000. You could then chose one of the five tanks in the garage to keep.

Unfortunately I misunderstood (as did a few people) and thought you could keep all five. I accepted the Panzer IIJ, because I thought “great, a £100 for £20!” not realising that was it. I was really hoping for the III BT-SV, or VIII Panhard EBR 75 (FL 10).

Oh well, there’s next year, I guess.

You were guaranteed not to receive a tank you already own, and the list of possible tanks was viewable, which was a good thing, because it meant people could make the decision to spend money or not:

VIII Schwarzpanzer 58
VIII leKpz M 41 90 mm GF
V Pz.Kpfw. V / IV
V Pz.Kpfw. IV hydrostat.
III Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J.
II Pz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f)
VIII Chrysler K GF
X AMX 50 Foch (155)
VIII Panhard EBR 75 (FL 10)
VII AMX 13 75 GF
V 105 leFH18B2
III FCM 36 Pak 40
X FV215b (183)
VIII Caernarvon Action X
III Sexton I
VIII WZ-111 Alpine Tiger
VIII Type 59 G
VIII Lansen C

Because you were guaranteed not to get a tank you already own, many people were guaranteed the Type 59 G (the most sought-after tank), because they already owned at least all but five of the tanks in the list.

Overall I enjoyed the Black Market event, but I am annoyed at myself for not understanding the loot box. On the first page it clearly said you could choose a tank from the list, and suggested you could pick all five. On the final page it said you could only pick one, which was randomly chosen. Wargaming did not make this clear enough, and it upset a few people I know who felt like they were conned into buying the loot box because of the unclear and inconsistent/contradictory descriptions.

I’ll know what to expect for next year – the loot box made Wargaming millions from the loot box alone, so we’ll see it again.

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